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Shining a Light on Child Sexual Abuse

Shining a Light on Child Sexual Abuse

Within hours of putting our Quick Poll in the field, the Federal Government announced a wide reaching independent Royal Commission into child sexual abuse in all institutions, not just the Catholic Church. So – what were our poll results? And what does the church’s response say about … the church?

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Quick Poll: Child Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church

Quick Poll: Child Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church

There has been much press of late about the allegations surrounding child sexual abuse in the Australian Catholic Church with some now calling for a Royal Commission.

So – I wanted to ask you what you think.  That’s what this quick poll is all about.  Just select one of the options, and you’ll be able to see which way the polling is headed.

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The Diamond Jubilee – A Quiet Reflection

The Diamond Jubilee – A Quiet Reflection

You can’t have missed the fact that the Poms have been out in the dismal London rain (I believe they call it “summer”) celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year. And if there’s one thing the Poms know how to do – it’s pomp and ceremony.

But all that celebrating got me to thinking. What would our world look like if those of us who are subjects of the King of Kings, celebrated Him, the way the British are celebrating their Queen?

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How Can the Church Get it So Wrong?

How Can the Church Get it So Wrong?

On the 14th of May, 2012, exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, was awarded the Templeton Prize, one of the world’s richest individual prizes valued at around $USD 1.8 million.

The award was given for: his work in encouraging scientific research and harmony among religions. It was presented inside St Paul’s cathedral in London, after Buddhist monks spent time chanting and worshipping in God’s house.

So … how could the church get it so wrong?  Well, here’s how:

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Appalled By the Easter Messages of Some Prominent Church Leaders

Appalled By the Easter Messages of Some Prominent Church Leaders

Each year at Easter I am regularly disappointed by the comments of prominent church leaders in the media here in Australia. Easter is one of only two times in the year when they know that they’ll receive headline prominence in the newspaper, on radio and in every evening TV news bulletin.

So tell me this … why do the majority squander this amazing opportunity by being irrelevant, off message and even (apparently) bored, disinterested and completely devoid of passion in proclaiming the greatest Message of all?

Sound a bit harsh? You tell me!

But this year the Good Friday messages of more than one of the crimson clad clergy plumbed new depths in ineffective and destructive communication. Here’s why …

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Why I Like My Dentist

Why I Like My Dentist

My memories of going to the dentist as a child are horrific – fillings put in without anaesthetic! Agony and torture. Remember, these were the days before fluoride in our water supply – which means we’re talking lots of fillings. So for me to turn around today and say that I like my dentist … either I’m smoking something I shouldn’t be, or things have changed.

Well, much of the pain has gone out of the equation, that’s for sure. But that’s not the only thing.

So, here’s why I like my dentist …

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Have You Ever Been Too Ashamed to Take Communion?

Have You Ever Been Too Ashamed to Take Communion?

Recently we were having Communion at church and I noticed that a woman across the aisle from me declined the communion elements as they came around. You have to ask yourself … why would she knock back this special time of just quietly remembering Jesus?

Well the most common reason is that from time to time, because of some recent sin, we feel too ashamed to participate in Communion. 

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